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‘Heroes Of Flight 93’: In the shadow of 9/11, we are forever family in new documentary

Friday, September 8, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The terrible trauma of 9/11 made us family.

Images of two hijacked airliners crashing into the World Trade Center in New York City and the aftermath Sept. 11, 2001, are indelibly burned into our memory.

We recall a third plane slamming into The Pentagon in Arlington County, Va.

And we remember the fourth plane burrowing into a field in Shanksville, Somerset County.

The Media People at it for 40 years

Friday, September 8, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Scott Stoneback’s The Media People, based in Alburtis, has been in the documentary film and video business for more than 40 years.

He continues documenting history. And his family continues careers in the media.

Francee Fuller is Marketing Manager, Barry Isett & Associates.

Their son, Ellis, is video editor for the reality TV show, “Say Yes To The Dress,” seen on The Learning Channel.

Their son, Robert, twin brother of Ellis, is managing editor, Ophthalmology Management magazine. Robert had written for East Penn Press.


Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Proposed medical marijuana amendment under consideration

While a medical marijuana facility is not in the immediate offing for Salisbury Township, the board of commissioners has taken under advisement a proposed amendment to regulate it.

Salisbury Township commissioners are expected to discuss and vote on the medical marijuana dispensary amendment at either the 7 p.m. Sept. 14 or the 7 p.m. Sept. 28 township meeting in the municipal building, 2900 S. Pike Ave.

A public hearing on the amendment is expected to be held, most likely prior to a commissioners’ meeting and before commissioners vote.

Review: ‘Hitman’ amiss

Friday, September 1, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

A truck drives into a crowd in the Netherlands, crashes and explodes.

Police, Interpol and international spies in high-end SUVs chase a suspect through city streets, smashing into vehicles.

An anti-crime expert is tortured, including the use of blindfolding and electric shock.

This is not fake news.

It is not real news.

It is “reel,” though, as in scenes from “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” theatrical feature movie.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Western Salisbury Fire Dept.

Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company has unveiled “Campaign 60,” a $3-million capital campaign to fund expansion and renovation of its Swain Station, 950 S. Ott St.

Fire company officials are seeking $215,000 annually, or $1.5 million over seven years, from Salisbury Township toward the “Campaign 60” goal.

With the arrival of a new fire truck in September, and the firehouse project, Western Salisbury Fire Company, founded in 1959, looks forward to its 60th anniversary in 2019, hence the “Campaign 60” moniker.

It’s official: A sellers’ market for homes in the Lehigh Valley

Friday, August 25, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

Sales of homes in the Lehigh Valley moved back into positive territory in July during the traditional house sales summer season.

And, according to real estate experts, it’s pretty much a sellers’ market in the Lehigh Valley.

Closed sales bounced back, increasing 2.7 percent in July to 756 houses sold, compared to 736 houses in July 2016, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) monthly report.

Closed sales had decreased 2.4 percent in June to 893 houses sold, compared to 915 in June 2016, according to the GLVR.

Movie Review: ‘Glass Castle’

Friday, August 25, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Glass Castle” is a difficult, if rewarding, film.

Among its attributes are Oscar nominee-worthy performances by Woody Harrelson as Rex Walls; Naomi Campbell as his wife, Rose Mary Walls, and Brie Larson as one of their four children, daughter, Jeannette Walls.

The film is based on the 2005 best-selling memoir, “The Glass Castle,” written by Jeannette Walls about her poverty-stricken upbringing by an alcoholic father and an eccentric mother in West Virginia. And that’s only part of the story.


Thursday, August 24, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Street Tree Ordinance may be revamped

The Salisbury Township Environmental Advisory Council is considering ways to revamp the township Street Tree Ordinance.

“The board of commissioners has asked the township to readdress the shade tree removal and they’ve asked the EAC to get involved,” Cynthia Sopka, Salisbury Township director of planning and zoning told the EAC at its Aug. 16 meeting.

“What’s happening now is an appeal process, which is costly and time-consuming. We have an attorney here and a stenographer here [for Shade Tree Commission meetings],” Sopka explained.

Review: ‘Tower’

Friday, August 18, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Dark Tower” is a competent science-fiction film with several good performances.

The movie is based on the series of eight novels (1998-2012) written by Stephen King that stitches together several cinema genres and literary influences.

In “The Dark Tower” movie, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), known as the last Gunslinger, is battling Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey), known as the Man in Black. Roland is trying to stop Walter from toppling the Dark Tower, purported to be the energy force that powers the universe.